Today, on August 4, 2022, the co-founder and COO of The Sandbox, Sebastien Borget, reported that The Sandbox’s official Instagram account has been hacked and is currently disabled. Sebastien warned users not to click on any suspicious links posted by the account.
Hackers have been taking over social media accounts, discord servers, and other platforms for the past few months. Just recently, Nomad’s cross-chain bridge was attacked with $190M worth of assets stolen. Yesterday, attackers got access to private key wallets on the Solana ecosystem, causing an almost $5M loss.
Today was also not a good day in the NFT community as The Sandbox Twitter account got compromised.
About The Sandbox
The Sandbox is a leading metaverse platform that enables users to build and monetize digital content. The platform was initially made as a game for players but the team wanted to revolutionize the aspect of gaming by expanding into the blockchain and metaverse world.
Now, The Sandbox partners with various Web3 and NFT projects to showcase their work on its metaverse platform, and also aims to provide an immersive 3D experience by becoming a pioneer in the virtual worlds.
Sebastien warns users of The Sandbox account hack
Following the popularity of The Sandbox, its Instagram account has thousands of followers and is a verified account.
On Thursday, August 4, 2022, the COO of The Sandbox, Sebastien Borget updated on his Twitter with a warning tweet to not click on any links posted by The Sandbox’s Instagram account. He also shared that the team is working with Facebook to recover the account.
Later, Sebastien updated its followers on the hack and the team’s findings. He tweeted:
Based on the tweet, The Sandbox team has deactivated its Instagram account and is still in the progress of getting hold of its account. With the hacker’s wallet address identified, The Sandbox team will definitely be able to track down the culprit and investigate them for causing the chaos.
Despite the deactivation of Instagram, there is still a concern that the account might activate again and post malicious links.
The Sandbox team has informed that no airdrop or surprise event is being held at the moment. Thus, any links posted by The Sandbox on any social media platform should be deemed suspicious at all costs.
If you follow The Sandbox, make sure to watch out for any phishing link.